State and County Officials Investigate Mystery Odor in Los Angeles County
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Huntington Beach, CA, November 23rd, 2021
Last month, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) and Public Works announced it was investigating odors in the City of Carson. It was reported that the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) notified Public Health of an odor event in Carson and advised that their investigation ruled out a point source or permitted business as the source of the mystery odor. According to Public Health, air monitoring found very low levels of hydrogen sulfide in the air........[Read More]
Portable Classrooms in California and Potential Indoor Environmental Quality Concerns
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Huntington Beach, CA, November 19th, 2021
Back in 2004, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and Department of Public Health released their final report of a comprehensive study of environmental health conditions in portable classrooms in the state. The study was prompted by indoor environmental quality (IEQ) concerns about the potential for mold contamination, inadequate ventilation, poor temperature control, elevated levels of volatile chemicals, and excessive use of some pesticides. With the increased use of portable classrooms,.......[Read More]
FDA Advises Consumers to Not Use Hand Sanitizer Distributed by a Southern California Company
LA Testing provides product testing services to identify benzene, acetaldehyde and other potentially dangerous chemicals to protect consumers, manufacturers, importers and retailers.
Huntington Beach, CA, November 17th, 2021
Last month, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced it had tested a scent free hand sanitizer and found unacceptable levels of benzene, acetaldehyde and acetal contaminants. The agency urges consumers not to use this contaminated product distributed by a company in Southern California and has added hand sanitizer products from the brand to the extensive FDA list of hand sanitizers consumers should not use. The FDA statement warns:
Benzene may cause certain types of cancer in.......[Read More]
Underserved Communities in California Are Part of a New EPA Initiative to Reduce Lead Exposure Risks
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Huntington Beach, CA, November 12th, 2021
In late September, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it was launching Enhancing Lead-Safe Work Practices through Education and Outreach (ELSWPEO). The new training and outreach initiative is meant to raise awareness about childhood lead exposure and protect environmentally overburdened and underserved communities in California and across the United States from lead exposure. In announcing the new initiative, EPA stated:
Many homes, apartments and child-care facilities.......[Read More]
Lung Cancer Awareness Month in California and Exposure Risks to Airborne Pollutants
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Huntington Beach, CA, November 9th, 2021
While the rate of new lung cancer cases and deaths are lower in California than many other states, lung cancer is still the leading cause of cancer deaths in the state and nation. To raise awareness and educate the public about things they can do to help prevent new cases of lung cancer, November is recognized as Lung Cancer Awareness Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that cigarette smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer. Lung cancer can also be caused by.......[Read More]
National COPD Awareness Month and the Importance of Indoor Environmental Quality in California Homes and Businesses
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Huntington Beach, CA, November 5th, 2021
November is National COPD Awareness Month, a time for the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) community to come together with one voice to focus on increasing awareness of the disease. Over 1 million people in California, and more than 16 million nationwide, suffer from the condition. COPD refers to a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. It includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and in some cases, asthma. Common symptoms of the disease that people.......[Read More]
Baker’s Asthma and Occupational Exposure Risks in California
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Huntington Beach, CA, October 26th, 2021 Crushed wheat and other cereal grains are a staple food for many people. In fact, flour is a major component of countless foods that feed much of the world’s population. With all the benefits flour has brought to society, one concern for those who are regularly exposed to flour dust by inhalation is baker’s asthma. Baker’s asthma is a form of work-related asthma that can be caused by, or exacerbated by, exposure to respirable flour dust. The most effective way to protect workers.......[Read More]
Produce Company in California Recalls Parsley Due to Potential E. coli Contamination
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Huntington Beach, CA, October 25th, 2021 Last month, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) posted information about a company’s voluntary recall of a limited number of cases of curly leaf parsley. The recall was initiated after a routine regulatory sample tested positive for non-O157 STEC (Shiga toxin-producing E. coli). The product was distributed to retail stores, wholesalers, and distributors in Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Missouri. Fortunately, at the time of the recall posting, no illnesses had been.......[Read More]